Democrats Nominate Garfunkel For Norwalk's 142nd House Seat

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Former Norwalk Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel and Mayor Harry Rilling.  Garfunkel is getting unanimous support from fellow Democrats for his run for state representative in the 142nd District.
Former Norwalk Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel and Mayor Harry Rilling. Garfunkel is getting unanimous support from fellow Democrats for his run for state representative in the 142nd District. Photo Credit: Courtesy Team Garfunkel

NORWALK, Conn. -- Former Norwalk Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel is getting unanimous support from fellow Democrats for his run for state representative in the 142nd District in Norwalk and New Canaan. 

Norwalk Democrats announced they would back Garfunkel in the race during a recent convention held at Oak Hills Park Restaurant, according to a press release. The nomination was proposed by Niolje Potts, who was present as proxy on behalf of her husband, Christopher Potts, Garfunkel’s campaign treasurer, according to the release.

Potts, who is suffering from health issues, expressed his regret at not being able to perform the nomination in person, according to the release. A total of 10 of the 11 eligible delegates were in attendance to vote, representing three of the five districts in Norwalk and a section of New Canaan. The nomination was unanimous.

“I cannot imagine a greater privilege than representing our community, and it is what I enjoy doing most,” said Garfunkel, who served as town clerk for 10 years and is a trustee of the Norwalk Seaport Association. “It will not be an easy task to win this seat, but I will give it a 110 percent effort.”

Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling endorsed Garfunkel’s run.

“I can’t think of a better person to represent the 142nd District in Hartford than Andy Garfunkel," Garfunkel said. "He is going to work as hard for us up there as he does down here.”

The seat in the 142nd House District is open because longtime representative, Minority House Leader Larry Cafero, is not running for re-election. 

Garfunkel attended the University of Bridgeport, majoring in theatrical design. He owned and operated his own home remodeling business in Fairfield and Westchester counties for more than 15 years before serving as Norwalk’s town clerk from 2001 to 2011. He is a licensed real estate agent with William Raveis in Norwalk and a freelance technician with both the Studio Mechanics and Stage Employees Unions in the tri-state area.

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